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Jekyll Overhaul Gets Contractor

A contractor has been chosen to build a new convention center and beach village on Jekyll Island. The state-owned island’s Authority says Georgia-based Brasfield and Gorrie LLC will get the contract.

More Agents Target Back Taxes

Georgia's Department of Revenue has beefed-up its staff of agents to go after businesses that owe back taxes. Officials say they've added more than 30 tax agents in the last few months. The department’s top official, Bart Graham, says the extra personnel will cost over $2 million but will pay for itself within a few months.

No Disaster Aid For Peanut Farmers

USDA says no disaster assistance for southern peanut farmers. Heavy rain and flooding in 2009 damaged crops and caused financial losses. No explanation given for decision.

Clark To Lead Georgia Chamber

There is new leadership at the state’s top business organization. Chris Clark has been named President and C-E-O of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Struggling County Welcomes New Prison

Jenkins County has seen its luck turn around. The recent discovery of a civil war prison could bring thousands of tourists to town. But now the county known for having the highest unemployment rate in the state will be the site of a new state prison.

Georgia Power Rate Hike is Possible

Rolled into its latest billion dollar rate increase request is a mechanism that would make it easier for the company to raise rates if profits go down or lower rates if they go up

Georgia Ports Set Record

But the chief of Georgia's Ports Authority says, he's still frustrated by delays in the process to approve deepening the Savannah harbor. Curtis Foltz doesn't believe business will suffer as long as work is well underway by the time larger ships start sailing through the Panama Canal in 2014.

State Doubles Worker Training

“Stagnant” is the word Georgia’s top labor official used Thursday to describe the state’s job market. The jobless rate stands at 10 percent – the same as a year ago. To stimulate hiring, the state will expand its job training program. Critics say the program is free labor for employers because trainees aren’t paid.

Hunting For High-Speed Rail Funds

Most of the state's high-speed rail projects are waiting for federal grant money to move forward. The state applied for 60 million dollars to study lines from Atlanta to Charlotte, to Macon, and to Savannah. State transportation officials say they should know by mid –October how much Georgia will get.

Savannah Airport Lands New Airline

Allegiant Airlines will enable service expansion into Fort Lauderdale. The new destination is expected to bring in more tourists as it connects two vacation cities.

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